Thursday, April 29, 2010

MidEast, Asia failing to protect domestic workers

Middle East Online, April 29, 2010



‘Reforms have been slow, incremental, and hard-fought’

HRW: reforms undertaken by governments fall far short of minimum protections needed.

KUALA LUMPUR – Middle East and Asian nations, which draw millions of foreign domestic workers, have failed to take action to tackle widespread abuse of the vulnerable women despite recent improvements. Human Rights Watch said.

“The reforms undertaken by Middle Eastern and Asian governments fall far short of the minimum protections needed to tackle abuses against migrant domestic workers,” the US-based group said in a report launched ahead of International Labour Day on May 1.

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